Monday, October 25, 2010
Residents nervous about how the new roundabout in Fulton works will get the chance to practice the new system next Saturday.
"We had noticed people were nervous and fearful of the new Roundabout and a lot of negative things have been talked about," said Kristen Zeimet, community relations director for the chamber. "We wanted to put a fun spin on it and give people a positive experience and practice."
A mock roundabout will be set up in the Old Moser's Parking Lot from 9 a.m. to noon on Oct. 30.
"It's going to be chalked out and we are going to set up demos from one direction to another," Zeimet said. "We will give them instructions like 'if you were at Subway and wanted to get to Westlakes what would you do.' So they will have directions before they start."
There will also be prizes for completing the Roundabout practice course and coupons from businesses affected by the closing of the intersection. Subway, Westlakes, Arris' Pizza and McDonalds are all participating.
"The City of Fulton and the Chamber will be there to help people get this practice on how to use the Roundabout," Zeimet said.
Zeimet said the chamber has heard complaints about the way the old intersection was and complaints about what to expect with the new intersection.
"A lot of it was frustration of closing the intersection and before it was closed how busy it was," Zeimet said. "People did not think traffic flowed through there well."
The new roundabout is expected to open by mid-December.
"The city is very excited about hosting this with the chamber," Zeimet said. "They are ready to help get businesses back on track with the hastle of the intersection being closed down."